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Christoph Poppen

  • Conductor
  • Violinist


In the season 2009-10 Christoph Poppen and the Deutsche Radio Philharmonie will perform several concerts in Wiesbaden, Frankfurt, Karlsruhe, Mainz and Munich, among others. In October 2009 they toured China with concerts in Beijing, Suzhou, Shanghai and Macau. The focus of Poppen's programs in the season 2009/10 in Saarbrücken will be orchestra works by Anton Webern as well as several world premieres by Austrian composer Thomas Larcher, among others.
In 1995 Christoph Poppen started his 11 year tenure as Artistic Director of the Munich Chamber Orchestra, establishing the ensemble's new profile within a short period of time. His unmistakable programs were based on a contrast of the classical and the contemporary, with numerous commissioned works.
A number of CD recordings on ECM Records emerged from this collaboration. In addition to his position as Principal Conductor, Christoph Poppen is also a frequent guest conductor and has appeared with orchestras such as the Bamberg Symphony, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, NDR Radiophilharmonie Hannover, WDR Sinfonieorchester, Staatskapelle Dresden, Detroit Symphony, hr-Sinfonieorchester, Orquestra Sinfonica do Estado de Sao Paulo, Indianapolis Symphony, SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden and Freiburg as well as the Camerata Salzburg.
A productive collaboration with the Tirolean Landestheater Innsbruck has lead to many successful opera projects like Mozart's Zauberflöte and La clemenza di Tito as well as a concert performance of Rossini's Othello. Summer 2006 saw him conduct the Munich Chamber Orchestra in concertante performances of Mozart's La Betulia Liberata at Salzburg Festival. In the season 2009/10 he will conduct the musikFabrik with the new scenic production "Sing für mich, Tod" about composer Claude Vivier at the Ruhrtriennale as well as the premiere of Strauss' "Arabella" at the Tiroler Landestheater in Innsbruck.
He will be guest conductor at the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, Berner Sinfonieorchester, Het Brabants Orkest, Staatskapelle Weimar, Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra and Essen Philharmonic.